Description: An ABA teaching method used to develop and strengthen communication skills, academic performance, and social and self-help skills. The targeted behaviors that the child is to learn are videotaped. Then the child watches the video and is given the chance to memorize, imitate and generalize those behaviors.

Examples: Computer Animated Learning or Video Instruction

Research Summary: Video modeling is a well-established teaching method in applied behavior analysis for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. It is supported by numerous well-designed studies.

Recommendations: Video modeling is a useful intervention for teaching social, play, and self-help intervention to individuals with autism spectrum disorders who have well-developed imitation skills.

Selected References:

Systematic reviews of scientific studies:


Bellini, S., & Akullian, J. (2007). A meta-analysis of video modeling and video self-modeling interventions for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Exceptional children, 73(3), 264-287.

Corbett, B. A., & Abdullah, M. (2005). Video modeling: Why does it work for children with autism. Journal of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention, 2, 2-8.

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